21 Questions for Aleah Scheurich

1. What is your hometown? Rensselaer, IN Aleah Scheurich on dairy farm
(Fun Fact: the town's name comes from James Van Rensselaer, a merchant from Utica, NY who came to the area after his business failed in the Panic of 1837) 

2. Where did you go to high school? Rensselaer Central High School

3. What is your major and concentration? Animal Sciences - Biosciences

4. What is your expected graduation date? May 2018

5. Why did you choose Purdue for undergrad? It's the best in-state university for Animal Sciences, Purdue's College of Agriculture is world-renowned, and it's close to home.

6. What are your plans after graduation? To pursue a Master of Science in an animal health-related field involving swine or dairy then ultimately work for a company assisting producers with products and services to meet their animals' health needs.

7. What is your 'spirit animal?' The pig - it's a symbol of prosperity and luck, it moves swiftly and with determination, and it intuitively knows the best reaction to various situations.Aleah Scheurich farrowing

8. What is your favorite organization joined at Purdue? Issues-360. It's a fairly new organization on campus (just began its fourth year), and requires members to create a project that addresseses a current agriculture concern then raise awareness of the topic to the community.

9. What is your proudest achievement while at Purdue? Serving as a teaching assistant and class coordinator, gaining recognition from the ANSC department through hosting alumni, earning scholarship, and being selected as the Junior of the Month for the November ANSC Student Spotlight.

10. What has been your favorite class taken at Purdue? ANSC 333: Physiology of Reproduction with Dr. Kara Stewart, and ANSC 221: Principles of Animal Nutrition with Dr. Dale Forsyth.

11. What is your favorite Purdue tradition? Purdue Farmers Market every Thursday in the fall.

12. What is the best thing about the College of Ag? It's known all around the world for its research developments in food, life and natural resources, and continues to improve agriculture efficiency to meet production demands. Aleah Scheurich checking sow for pregnancy

13. What is the best thing about the Department of Animal Sciences? It's very welcoming to all students with a family feel that allows for faculty and staff members in the department to get to know you by name.

14. What is the best on-campus study spot? 3rd floor of the Lilly Library - very quiet, minimal distractions, and lots of cubicles to work in your own space.

15. What is your favorite place in town? McAlister's Deli

16. What is the most important thing you've learned outside of the classroom? It's never too early to start making connections with employers. Networking with companies will allow you to form strong relationships with representatives that can be mutually beneficial.

17. Where did you study abroad and what did you do? Spring Break 2013: traveled to England, France and Spain as a junior in high school to learn about the culture and cuisine of each country, also got to visit the iconic Eiffel Tower and Stonehenge.

18. What internships have you had? Summer 2015 & 2016: Swine Management Intern at Co-Alliance (Rensselaer, IN) where duties included helping in a new state-of-the-art feed mill, performing herd health checks in production facilities, and working on a farrow-to-wean sow farm. Aleah Scheurich image

19. What is your favotire quote? "Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle." - Christian D. Larson

20. What are your hobbies? Baking, decorating, enjoying nature, traveling, spending time at home, helping on the family farm and raising cattle.

21. What advice would you give to incoming students? College is about finding out what you love to do. Be confident, get out of your comfort zone, and try new things. ​​

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